Isaac Mills goes up for a one-handed layup in the second half of Ripon’s 70-59 loss to Kewaskum.
Isaac Mills goes up for a one-handed layup in the second half of Ripon’s 70-59 loss to Kewaskum.

   Ripon High School head boys’ basketball coach Steve Brooks chalked up his team’s 70-59 home loss to Kewaskum last week Saturday to simply a lack of effort.

   It was out-played in all areas by the Indians, who won just their second East Central Conference game in their last 36 contests.

   “We’ve been talking to our kids about having sustained effort in all aspects of the game and we didn’t,” Brooks said. “We played OK in the first half, didn’t shoot the ball as well in the second half and absolutely allowed them to get whatever they wanted — and honestly didn’t play very hard.”

   The problems were masked early in the game due in part to the Tigers’ success from behind the 3-point line. They scored six of their 10 first-half baskets from long range, which accounted for 18 of their 28 first-half points.

   Ripon (4-6 conference, 6-12 overall) wasn’t able to sustain that hot shooting in the second half as it couldn’t buy a 3-pointer, making just one of its numerous attempts.

   On one possession, it even had three good looks at the basket from long range, but missed all of them.

Read the full story in the Feb. 14, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.